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article imageVideo: Alleged fare-dodger thrown off train, says he is innocent

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 13, 2011 in Odd News
Edinburgh - Going viral online is a video clip of a teenager who boarded a ScotRail service train between Edinburgh and Perth without a valid ticket and was thrown off the train by a passenger who got fed-up with his foul-mouthed challenge of the conductor.
The video shows an elderly conductor telling the youth he does not have a valid ticket. The conductor tells the driver to stop the train to allow the youth get off. The youth refuses but the conductor tells him: "I’ll sit here all night pal. I’m getting paid for this but they (the passengers) will start moaning." The boy answers petulantly: "...tell them to stop moaning."
The teenager claims he has just shown the conductor "his f*****g ticket." There is a group of young children sitting close with their mother uncomfortable with the youth's display of foul language in the presence of her children. The conductor answers: "No you have not. Stop swearing."
The conductor explains to the youth that the ticket he has is a Polmont to Edinburgh park ticket and not an Edinburgh to Polmont ticket. The conductor insists "No you are off, we will sit here all night. Why should they pay and not you?"
While the youth and the elderly conductor are arguing, a big passenger gets up from behind and approaches the two. He asks the conductor, "Is there a problem?" Then he says, "No problem, right you are off."
He grabs the teenager and bundles him off the train. The boy tries to force his way back into the train as he is thrown off but the big man pushes him off repeatedly and the door closes. As the big man returns to his seat the train passengers cheer, and someone says, "Cheers, big man!"
Daily Mail reports a ScotRail spokesman has reacted to the incident. The spokesman said, "While we welcome the public’s support of our zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour, our staff are trained in conflict management and we do not expect members of the public to take matters into their own hands. We are investigating the incident, which appears to show a person traveling without a valid ticket, refusing to pay for the journey, and swearing at a staff member in full view of customers."
Daily Express reports that the friends of the alleged fare-dodger have come to his defense. The young man in the video was identified as Sam Main, 19, a building surveying student of Falkirk.
The police say they are investigating the case. The incident occurred on the 21:33 p.m. Edinburgh to Perth service, on Friday. The boy, according to his friends, tried to retrieve his rucksack from the train but the big man kept pushing him off till the door closed. The boy's friends say the rucksack contained his phone, wallet and iPod .
Main's friends say he was commuting to Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University. He paid for a ticket but the ticket was issued incorrectly at Polmont station. One of his friends said: “Sam was given the wrong ticket and it kicked off. He reacted badly, but was not dodging his fare. He’s not that kind of guy.”
Police, according to Daily Express, say the "big man" who threw him off the train could face assault charges, while the youth could be charged with transport fraud and a "form of breach of the peace."
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